Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird" - Austin, TX 1999 (Awesome Piano Improvisation Intro by Billy Powell)




Billy Powell (June 3, 1952 – January 28, 2009) was an American musician and a longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 until his death in 2009.


Around 1970, Powell found work as a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd and remained a member of the Skynyrd crew for two years, during which the band secured a support role for the band Mountain. In 1972, Skynyrd played a show at the Bolles School prom. During a break at that event, Powell sat down at a piano and launched into his piano-based version of "Free Bird". When the band realized their roadie's ability, he was offered the position of keyboardist.



Lyrics


If I leave here tomorrow

Would you still remember me?

For I must be traveling on, now

Cause there's too many places I've got to see

But, if I stayed here with you, girl

Things just couldn't be the same

Cause I'm as free as a bird now

And this bird you can not change

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you can not change

And this bird you can not change

Lord knows, I can't change


Bye, bye, baby, it's been a sweet love

Though this feeling I can't change

But please don't take it so badly

Cause Lord knows I'm to blame

But, if I stayed here with you, girl

Things just couldn't be the same

Cause I'm as free as a bird now

And this bird you'll never change

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

And this bird you can not change

And this bird you can not change

Lord knows, I can't change

Lord help me, I can't change

Lord, I can't change

Won't you fly high, free bird, yeah



Songwriters: Allen Collins / Ronnie Van Zant




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